How to remove oil stains from Drive ways
At some stage of our lives, most of us have had to deal with those nasty oil stains that show up on the concrete or paving on our driveway from leaking vehicles. While an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, sometimes predicting when you or someone else’s car will decide to spring a leak and drip oil all over your otherwise clean pavement is not possible.
many believe that once oil sets itself deeply into your pavement, it’s there for good. Surprisingly, there are ways to remove even the deepest oil stains, or at least make them invisible to the naked eye.
This guide will be split into two parts. The first part is how to clean an oil stain from freshly spilled oil before it sets deep and becomes a significantly more challenging task to remove. If efforts to catch the stain in time fail, then the second portion will walk you through ways to clean oil from pavement even after it sets.
Fresh Spilled Oil
As you have probably deduced, once oil drips or spills onto your driveway, the race against time is on to get it cleaned up before it seeps down into the pores of the concrete and becomes much more stubborn. Conversely, you also want to avoid smudging and pushing fresh oil into the pores of the concrete in your efforts to clean it.
That is why we will not just go to town all willy-nilly with a rag or scrub brush. Before we do any kind of scrubbing, we will want to soak up as much of the excess oil as possible. If there is a whole lot of oil pooling, then you can gently use a mop or rag to soak it up as much as possible.
If it’s not that bad, then you can skip that and go to the next step, which is to use a little trick to draw the oil away from the concrete using good old fashioned kitty litter. Apply kitty litter over the oil and let it sit long enough to absorb. Sweep it away and repeat as needed.
The next step is to break up the oil which has started to seep into the concrete using a degreasing agent of choice. Most commonly, dish soap is good at breaking up oil. For tougher jobs, oven cleaner works well. Apply a degreasing agent and let it sit for an hour or so. Rinse clean with water, dry and repeat until all oil is removed.
For Deep-Seated Stains
Deep oil stains will take patience and persistence to completely remove, but stay the course, as it is indeed possible. The key is to use the right product. This will become increasingly difficult if you are apprehensive to use harsh or toxic chemicals to get the job done.
I love earth-friendly products as much as anyone, but let’s face it: when something that is completely toxic and eco-hostile as motor oil is the mess in question, it is usually more effective to fight fire with fire. Eco-friendly products can potentially work, but be prepared for it to take more time and elbow grease.
For those who are fine with using harsh chemicals, the trick that I have found to work very effectively in removing oil stains is a can of standard carburetor cleaner. This is not a job that will complete itself all at once.
The trick is to apply the cleaner to the stain, scrub it into the surface and then let it sit over night. Rinse it off the next day, let it dry and then repeat. With each treatment, you will notice the stain getting lighter and lighter. Just keep applying the cleaner to the area each evening and hose it off each morning. After so long, the oil will finally be invisible to the naked eye, and we can enjoy a nice, clean, oil free driveway.